Montreal (Québec), Canada, 1945 - San Bernardino (California), United States, 2003
Jack Goldstein settled in New York in the early 1970s, where he emerged as one of members of the Pictures Generation—along with artists such as Cindy Sherman, James Casebere, and Laurie Simmons—whose work was characterized by the strategic appropriation of images from mass media and popular culture. Initially working in the field of minimalist sculpture and conceptual art, Goldstein made performances and experimental films before turning to painting toward the end of that decade. Central to his work is the use of techniques and processes that erase any trace of the artist’s hand, working from pre-existing photographs and hiring assistants to execute his paintings. Goldstein is considered highly influential in the development of contemporary art in North America.